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stanton drew stone circles

I have been researching the Stanton Drew Stone Circles for a number of years both as an individual and with members of the Bath and Camerton Archaeological Society. The stones seen at Stanton Drew are varied and include, among other rock types; silicified Dolomitic Conglomerate, Oolitic Limestone and Sandstone. The question is; from where were these various stone types sourced?

12th February 2012

Field Notes 2012Posted by Vince Simmonds Sun, February 12, 2012 15:14:29

The Cove at Stanton Drew, possibly the site of a long barrow and in close proximity to the stone circle sites.The stones that form the Cove comprise Dolomitic Conglomerate of Triassic age. Some of the clast material and fossils within the conglomerate have been silicified making them less prone to erosion and consequently they stand out from the surface.

The stones have a pock marked surface, this feature is particularly evident on the exposed joint faces when compared to the bedding surfaces. There is also a substantial covering of lichen on the stones.Just a short distance from the stones site in Stanton Drew at NGR ST 5960 6172 are a number of exposures of Pennant Sandstones of Carboniferous age.Close by is the prominent Knowle Hill at NGR ST 5841 6131 the summit has good panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.

The above images show the views to the southwest (left image) from Knowle Hill summit over Denny Island to Harptree and the Mendips beyond; while to the northeast (right image) is Stanton Drew, the church is centre picture. It might be possible to see both The Cove and Southwest Circle from this viewpoint, unfortunately there is still some vegetation obscuring the sightlines, but most certainly the Great Circle and Northeast Circle are hidden from view.

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